Is it amusing or sad that it took so many years for me to notice this peculiar, and quite possibly intentional thing about ? I only started figuring it out yesterday, rolling the new braille d20 around in my hands.
So, on this d20, numbers from 1 to 10 are represented with letters from a through j, and numbers from 11 to 20 with k through t.
K is an a but with the dot #3 on top. L is b but with dot #3. M is c but with dot #3. N-d, o-e, p-f, q-g, r-h, s-i, t-j.
The pattern is constant. The second 10 letters in the English braille alphabet are the same as the first 10, but with the dot #3 added on top. All of them!


Then u. A, but with dots #3 and #6. V, b but with #3 and #6. W ... uh, j but with #6 ... you know what, fuck w. It has a weird name anyway. X is c but with #3 and #6, y is like that but for d, and z is like that but for e.
So if w looked like x, if everything was moved backward, then z would look like 1-2-3-4-6. Like the & sign.
Would that reality be better? Probably not, at least in my case. After all, then ž, one of the letters in the Slovenian alphabet, could not look like a backwards z, because that would be a y. But still, it is a possible reality we might've had.

Well, it's definitely nice that this is getting so much attention from sighted people, even though it likely doesn't make any sense to them at all. I am glad you appreciate my enthusiasm, Fedifriends! 😀

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@Mayana it was hard to get from those toots alone if what you are describing is a positive or negative thing. I got it later from the thread that it's a pattern that helps in memorizing, but only in english. I hope I got that right.

@luka Ah, sorry for the confusion!
Well, for the most part, it just *is* a thing. A neutral pattern, cool to me just because I noticed it. Because apparently these dots aren't assigned nearly as randomly as I thought. 🙂
But yes, this does also make memorizing letter placement a little easier. So that, s great, too!

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